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Winning a grand tour stage=Winning a one day classic or WC?(3 posts)

Winning a grand tour stage=Winning a one day classic or WC?Swat Dawg
May 17, 2003 4:00 PM
I have been thinking about the significance of different races and wondering which is a bigger thing. I think the classics and World Championship have so much history and are so tough that they surpass a GT stage win. I don't know though? A stage in GT is such a big deal, and each stage can be so important that maybe a stage win is bigger? What do you think?
Winning a one day classic or WC gets the nod...bent_spoke
May 17, 2003 6:50 PM
Tyler Hamilton is a case in point. He said that winning Leige Baston Leige was his biggest victory to date. Previously, he won a stage of the Giro. (Who know's what's next for Tyler.)
You're right in that it's about the history, challenge & tough competition for these events.
Easy...Dwayne Barry
May 18, 2003 1:53 AM
not even a comparison. Winning a classic is way more significant for the simple fact that you can win a stage in a grand tour by default. Lots of guys win tour stages by going in long breaks that either work because the peloton is disinterested or just mis-time the chase. Just look at the list of winners, pretty much every tour has some anonymous stage winners and some stages won by riders low on the pecking order. But it is extremely rare for a classic to not be won by one of the heavy hitters in the pro peloton.